, year=between 1812 and 1814
, passage=Miss Ward’s match, indeed, when it came to the point, was not contemptible
: Sir Thomas being happily able to give his friend an income in the living of Mansfield...}}
To lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade.
(archaic) To lower in position or rank.
[Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.]
To lower the value of (a currency) by reducing the amount of valuable metal in the coins.
* adulterate, degrade, demean